Libulan Queer Anthology launch at Parkmall – Mandaue

Announcements by The Editors |


About the event

The Libulan Queer Collective, in cooperation with Cratos Publishing House Company, Inc. and Parkmall – Mandaue, proudly presents the launching of LIBULAN: BINISAYANG ANTOLOHIYA SA KATITIKANG QUEER, this 17 March 2018, 2 to 5 PM, at the Atrium, Parkmall.

About the anthology

Libulan: Binisayang Antolohiya sa Katitikang Queer is the country’s hymenal anthology of LGBTQIA+ writings in Binisaya. It features poetry, short stories, flash fiction, creative nonfiction, and one-act play in Binisaya written by both established and emerging writers from Visayas and Mindanao who identify themselves as lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgenders, straight allies, and others in the gender spectrum. Edited by poet-essayist Alton Melvar Dapanas and fictionist-playwright R Joseph Dazo, contributors to Libulan’s first volume include Jaime An Lim, Jhoanna Lynn Cruz, Ian Rosales Casocot, Arnie Q Mejia, Charlie Samuya Veric, Jack Alvarez, Jerry Gracio, Omar Khalid, John Iremil Teodoro, and many others. Libulan is a biennial anthology and is published by Cratos Publishing House Company, Inc.

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Kilometer Zero

Poetry by Mechelle Centurias |

Langga, pabiling gabarog nga lig-on ang timon
sa hawanan nga mao’y sukaranan
sa tanang gilay-on sa mga suok ning probinsya
diin una tang nagtagbo.

Ang Crown Regency sa Fuente
nga kanhi midayan-dayan sa rooftop
diin ta una nabuntagi, padayon gihapong mihatag
og mabulukong kasanag
Sa plasa sa Fuente
diin nag-inusara ko
sa naandan natong lingkoranan.

Langga, karong gabhiona,
takdol ang buwan
ug namulak og mga bituon ang kawanangan.
Gisuwayan ko pagsukod ang gilay-on
sa usa ka magilakong katahom
ngadto sa buros nga buwan.
Tinuod, usa lamang kini ka dangaw
apan dili gyod sila magkasikit.

(Unang napatik sa Kabisdak miadtong 2 Pebrero 2017.)

Southern Authors No. 12 — Justine Camacho-Tajonera on Listening-as-Storytelling and the Romance Novella Movement in the Philippines

Featured Authors by Alton Melvar Dapanas |

Justine Camacho-Tajonera was born and grew up in Cebu City, Philippines. Despite starting a corporate career in telecommunications, she pursued her Master of Arts (MA) in Literary and Cultural Studies at Ateneo de Manila University to keep her close to her first love of writing (and reading).

She has had her poetry published in several anthologies and publications such as Eros Pinoy: An Anthology of Contemporary Erotica in Philippine Art and Poetry, The Likhaan Book of Poetry and Fiction, Going Home to a Landscape: Writings by Filipinas, and Love Gathers All: The Philippines-Singapore Anthology of Love Poetry.She has published six books: Artemis Lets Go (contemporary romance novella), A Portrait of Jade (YA novelette), Gift: Poems, her first collection of poetry, Bayawak’s Trail (a crime novelette), The Mermaid from Siquijor (fantasy novella), and Snuggle Wuggle Wee (a children’s book co-authored with Buding Aquino-Dee and Jenny Ong). She maintains a blog, Claiming Alexandria (

She works full time at a corporate job in the Philippines, is married, and has two children.

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Libulan Queer Anthology – Cebu Normal University Launch

Announcements by R Joseph Dazo |

07 March 2018 — The Libulan: Binisayang Antolohiya sa Katitikang Queer has been officially launched earlier today at the Samuel McClintock Hall of Cebu Normal University (CNU). In partnership with Cratos Publishing House Company, Inc. and the CNU Department of English Studies and Other Languages (ESOL) led by the chairperson Dr Carmel Vip Derasin, the event gathered 150 students (mostly AB & BSE English students), faculty, staff, and alumni of CNU.

The launching also consisted of poetry and prose readings from excerpts of the anthology and discussions on queer poetry, fiction, essay, and drama in Cebuano with Libulan contributors Jondy M Arpilleda, Elvin E Ruiz, Wilfreda Cabusas, and Romeo Nicolas with Libulan co-editor R Joseph Dazo.

Libulan queer anthology’s next launchings will happen this March 17 at Parkmall in Mandaue City and very soon, in Cagayan de Oro and Davao.

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Call for Manuscripts: 18th IYAS La Salle National Writers’ Workshop

Announcements by The Editors |

The 18th IYAS La Salle National Writers’ Workshop will be held on April 22 – 28, 2018 at the Balay Kalinungan, University of St. La Salle, Bacolod City. IYAS is organized by the University of St. La Salle and supported by De La Salle University Bienvenido N. Santos Creative Writing Center, the Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (ICSC) and the National Commission for Culture & the Arts. The workshop director is Marjorie Evasco. The panel is composed of Ronald Baytan, Susan S. Lara, Grace Monte de Ramos, John Iremil Teodoro, and Em Mendez.

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